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The Ontario Heritage Act (Sections 33, 34 & 41) requires owners to obtain permission from City Council for any alteration or demolition to a designated property if it is likely to affect the property's heritage attributes.

The City's will not issue a building permit for a designated property or a property within a Heritage Conservation District without formal approval from the Director of Planning & Development or Council.

Heritage Permit Process

  1. Confirm the status of your property. Is the property designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act or is it a listed heritage property?
  2. If your property is a designated heritage property, you are required to submit an application for any alteration to or any demolition taking place on your property.
  3. If your property is a listed (a non-designated) heritage property, you are encouraged to discuss any alterations with the City's Planning & Development Department Heritage staff, but no formal approval is required.
  4. Contact the City's Planning & Development Department Heritage staff to discuss your alteration plans prior to submitting your application. You should present any plans, photographs or sketches to staff for comment. Some alterations can be approved by the Director of the Planning & Development, without the need for review by the Heritage Kingston Committee (see Delegated Authority). Heritage Staff will determine what type of permit is required. Call 613-546-4291 ext. 3180, email heritage@cityofkingston.ca or stop by the Heritage Resource Centre to discuss your project.
  5. Submit a Heritage Permit Application, through the online submission and review program – DASH.
  6. Complete the application online and upload all necessary plans, photos and supporting information to DASH prior to 4:30 p.m. on the appropriate deadline date.
  7. Applications that require Council approval are reviewed by City staff and provided to the  Heritage Kingston Committee for review and a recommendation to Council. The agenda for each Committee meeting is posted on the City website on the Friday before the meeting.
  8. You (or your appointed agent) should attend the committee meeting. At the meeting, you can discuss your application with the committee. The committee will forward its recommendation to City Council.
  9. Recommendations of the Heritage Kingston Committee are considered by City Council, which will either approve, not approve or defer your application. This will normally occur at the Council meeting approximately two weeks after the committee meets.
  10. The Clerk's Office will send you a written notice of Council's decision. The Planning & Development Department Heritage staff will then send you a Scope of Work Form (your permit) for posting on the job site.
  11. The Building Department can then issue a building permit (if required) for the approval of the work.

Staff are available to answer any questions regarding obtaining your Heritage Permit.

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What Changes Require Council or Staff Approval?

Any alteration that is likely to affect the property's heritage attributes/character defining elements, or the removal of all or part of a building or structure on a protected heritage property, requires approval from either City Council or the Director of Planning and Development. This could include, but is not limited to,

  • alterations or demolition of such external elements as a building's roof, porch, steps, windows, trim,
  • the re-pointing of masonry,
  • major landscaping, or
  • new additions to the property (including either attached or detached structures). 

Alterations that are considered ‘maintenance', as defined by Council do not require approval from the City.

This includes all individually designated properties as well as all properties located within the boundaries of the Barriefield Heritage Conservation District and the Market Square Heritage Conservation District.

What Other Services are Available?

Owners of designated and listed properties may take their plans of alteration or renovation to Staff and the Heritage Kingston Committee for free advice and assistance in order to make use of Committee resources that may not otherwise be available.

An opportunity is provided through Staff for a pre-consultation with the Committee on major development applications to discuss plans informally at a regular meeting in order to receive advice prior to the completion of a formal application. The applicant must understand that this is simply to facilitate the later consideration of the formal application.

When are the Application Deadlines?

Applications to the Heritage Kingston Committee are due by 4:30 p.m. on the dates listed below.

Applications for Alteration under the Ontario Heritage Act, Heritage Grant Applications, and Heritage Tax Applications are accepted at 1211 John Counter Blvd., the Heritage Resource Centre or through DASH.

Application Deadlines

Due Date

Committee Meeting

November 28, 2019

January 15, 2020

January 2, 2020

February 19, 2020

January 30, 2020

March 18, 2020

February 27, 2020

April 15, 2020

April 2, 2020

May 20, 2020

April 30, 2020

June 17, 2020

May 28, 2020

July 15, 2020

July 2, 2020

August 19, 2020

July 30, 2020

September 16, 2020

September 3, 2020

October 21, 2020

October 1, 2020

November 18, 2020

October 29, 2020

December 16, 2020



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